ANNE BOLEYN & STANSTEAD ABBOTTS
By Ron Dale
1 Sept. 1532 Sunday. ‘The lady was conveyed by noblemen and the Officers of Arms at Windsor Castle to the King who was accompanied by the Dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk and other noblemen and the ambassador of France. Mr.Garter bore her patent of creation, and Lady Mary, daughter of the Duke of Norfolk, her mantle of crimson velvet, furred with ermines, and a coronet. The Lady Marquess who was “in her hair,” ......was led by Elizabeth, Countess of Rutland and Dorothy, Countess of Sussex. While she kneeled before the King, Garter declared her patent which was read by the Bishop of Winchester and the King invested her with the mantle and coronet and gave her two patents – one of her creation and one of £1,000 a year. She thanked the King and retired to her chamber.’
The sum of her lands given with this creation – Corry Mallett (Somerset), Hunesdon,
Eastwyk in Hertfordshire, lands which were late of Philip Paris, Hunesdon, the manors
of Stansted (sic), Roydon, Fylollyshal (?Don’t ask!) and Cockeshal and Weston-
(See: Institute of Historical Records, Letters, Papers, Henry VIII, vol.5, 1531/2,
no. 1274, pp 552-
Approaching the Dissolution, on being handed back these manors from the abbot of Waltham in 1531 Henry VIII donated them to Philip Paris, one of his favourites, at a peppercorn rent.
Queen Anne Boleyn in 1534 – ‘A Queen in Heaven.’
After such a day, a pre-
A sad end for anyone, but this was a brutal time in which to live and to die, especially near this monarch.
*Sometimes several blows were required with the axe before severance.
Ron Dale, April, 2017